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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261246/possible-role-of-mads-affecting-flowering-3-and-b-box-domain-protein-19-in-flowering-time-regulation-of-arabidopsis-mutants-with-defects-in-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay
#1
Zeeshan Nasim, Muhammad Fahim, Ji Hoon Ahn
Eukaryotic cells use nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) to clear aberrant mRNAs from the cell, thus preventing the accumulation of truncated proteins. In Arabidopsis, two UP-Frameshift (UPF) proteins, UPF1 and UPF3, play a critical role in NMD. Although deficiency of UPF1 and UPF3 leads to various developmental defects, little is known about the mechanism underlying the regulation of flowering time by NMD. Here, we showed that the upf1-5 and upf3-1 mutants had a late-flowering phenotype under long-day conditions and the upf1-5 upf3-1 double mutants had an additive effect in delaying flowering time...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254571/structural-elucidation-of-a-polysaccharide-from-lonicera-japonica-flowers-and-its-neuroprotective-effect-on-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rat
#2
Danying Su, Shi Li, Wei Zhang, Jing Wang, Jingjing Wang, Manhua Lv
A water-soluble polysaccharide, LJPB2, was purified from Lonicera japonica flowers. The present study was aimed to illustrate its structural features and its neuroprotective effect via anti-oxidant activity on focal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rat brain. Via chemical and spectral methods, LJPB2, a polysaccharide with molecular weight of 8.9×10(3)Da, was composed of arabinose, mannose, glucose, and galactose, in a molar ratio of 1.8: 1.0: 3.6: 3.7. In addition, the linkage analysis revealed that it mainly contained 1, 4, 6-linked mannose, 1, 4-linked glucose and 1, 4-linked galactose, with a highly branched structure of araban and terminal glucose...
February 28, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244754/1-2-dithiolane-derived-dynamic-covalent-materials-cooperative-self-assembly-and-reversible-cross-linking
#3
Xiangyi Zhang, Robert M Waymouth
The use of dithiolane-containing polymers to construct responsive and dynamic networks is an attractive strategy in material design. Here, we provide a detailed mechanistic study on the self-assembly and gelation behavior of a class of ABA triblock copolymers containing a central poly(ethylene oxide) block and terminal polycarbonate blocks with pendant 1,2-dithiolane functionalities. In aqueous solution, these amphiphilic block copolymers self-assemble into bridged flower micelles at high concentrations. The addition of a thiol initiates the reversible ring-opening polymerizations of dithiolanes in the micellar cores to induce the cross-linking and gelation of the micellar network...
February 28, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225036/three-tfl1-homologues-regulate-floral-initiation-in-the-biofuel-plant-jatropha-curcas
#4
Chaoqiong Li, Qiantang Fu, Longjian Niu, Li Luo, Jianghua Chen, Zeng-Fu Xu
Recent research revealed that TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) homologues are involved in the critical developmental process of floral initiation in several plant species. In this study, the functions of three putative TFL1 homologues (JcTFL1a, JcTFL1b and JcTFL1c) in the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas were analysed using the transgenic approach. JcTFL1b and JcTFL1c, but not JcTFL1a, could complement the TFL1 function and rescue early flowering and determinate inflorescence phenotype in tfl1-14 Arabidopsis mutant, thus suggesting that JcTFL1b and JcTFL1c may be homologues of TFL1...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198417/chilling-affects-phytohormone-and-post-embryonic-development-pathways-during-bud-break-and-fruit-set-in-apple-malus-domestica-borkh
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Gulshan Kumar, Khushboo Gupta, Shivalika Pathania, Mohit Kumar Swarnkar, Usha Kumari Rattan, Gagandeep Singh, Ram Kumar Sharma, Anil Kumar Singh
The availability of sufficient chilling during bud dormancy plays an important role in the subsequent yield and quality of apple fruit, whereas, insufficient chilling availability negatively impacts the apple production. The transcriptome profiling during bud dormancy release and initial fruit set under low and high chill conditions was performed using RNA-seq. The comparative high number of differentially expressed genes during bud break and fruit set under high chill condition indicates that chilling availability was associated with transcriptional reorganization...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182313/h3k23me1-is-an-evolutionary-conserved-histone-modification-associated-with-cg-dna-methylation-in-arabidopsis
#6
Minerva S Trejo-Arellano, Walid Mahrez, Miyuki Nakamura, Jordi Moreno-Romero, Paolo Nanni, Claudia Köhler, Lars Hennig
Amino-terminal tails of histones are targets for diverse post-translational modifications whose combinatorial action may constitute a code that will be read and interpreted by cellular proteins to define particular transcriptional states. Here, we describe monomethylation of histone H3 lysine 23 (H3K23me1) as a histone modification not previously described in plants. H3K23me1 is an evolutionary conserved mark in diverse flowering plant species. Chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing in Arabidopsis thaliana showed that H3K23me1 was highly enriched in pericentromeric regions and depleted from chromosome arms...
February 9, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174588/eare-1-a-transcriptionally-active-ty1-copia-like-retrotransposon-has-colonized-the-genome-of-excoecaria-agallocha-through-horizontal-transfer
#7
Jianhua Huang, Yushuai Wang, Wenwen Liu, Xu Shen, Qiang Fan, Shuguang Jian, Tian Tang
Long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons constitute the majority of the content of angiosperm genomes, but their evolutionary dynamics remain poorly understood. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of a putative full-length (~9550 bp) Ty1/copia-like retrotransposon in Excoecaria agallocha and its evolution in Euphorbiaceae. The so-called EARE-1 is phylogenetically closely related to RIRE-1 from Oryza australiensis, and has proliferated recently (~7.19 Mya) in the E. agallocha genome. An RT-PCR analysis revealed substantial transcription of EARE-1 in all examined organs (leaves, staminate flowers, pistillate flowers, seeds, and roots) in unstressed E...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155166/a-histochemical-technique-for-the-detection-of-annonaceous-acetogenins
#8
Guillermo Laguna-Hernández, Alicia Enriqueta Brechú-Franco, Iván De la Cruz-Chacón, Alma Rosa González-Esquinca
Annonaceous acetogenins (ACGs) are molecules with carbon numbers C35-C37, usually with tetrahydrofuran and tetrahydropyran rings and one terminal γ-lactone (usually α,β-unsaturated), in a large aliphatic chain that is varyingly hydroxylated, acetoxylated or ketonized. ACGs have ecological functions as insecticides and are pharmacologically promising due to their cytotoxic and antitumoral properties. They are found in the seeds, leaves, roots, flowers and fruits of annonaceous plants and can be detected during isolation via thin-layer chromatography using Kedde's reagent, which reacts with the unsaturated lactone...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130670/two-new-species-of-poecilostomatoid-copepods-symbiotic-on-the-venomous-echinoid-toxopneustes-pileolus-lamarck-echinodermata-from-vietnam
#9
Balu Alagar Venmathi Maran, Il-Hoi Kim, Olga A Bratova, Viatcheslav N Ivanenko
Two new coexisting species of crustacean copepods (Poecilostomatoida) belonging to the echinoid-specific genera Mecomerinx Humes, 1977 (Pseudanthessiidae) and Clavisodalis Humes, 1970 (Taeniacanthidae) found associated with the venomous flower urchin Toxopneustes pileolus (Lamarck) (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Toxopneustidae) in the South China Sea (Vietnam) are described. The diagnostic features of Mecomerinx ohtsukai n. sp. are: (i) three setae and one aesthetasc on the first segment of antennules; (ii) relatively long caudal ramus; (iii) elongated terminal segment of the antenna; and (iv) two claws on the terminal segment of antenna slightly unequal in length...
February 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126844/identification-of-phosphorylation-sites-altering-pollen-soluble-inorganic-pyrophosphatase-activity
#10
Deborah J Eaves, Tamanna Haque, Richard L Tudor, Yoshimi Barron, Cleidiane G Zampronio, Nicholas P J Cotton, Barend H J de Graaf, Scott A White, Helen J Cooper, F Christopher H Franklin, Jeffery F Harper, Vernonica E Franklin-Tong
Protein phosphorylation regulates numerous cellular processes. Identifying the substrates and protein kinases involved is vital to understand how these important posttranslational modifications modulate biological function in eukaryotic cells. Pyrophosphatases catalyze the hydrolysis of inorganic phosphate (PPi) to inorganic phosphate Pi, driving biosynthetic reactions; they are essential for low cytosolic inorganic phosphate. It was suggested recently that posttranslational regulation of Family I soluble inorganic pyrophosphatases (sPPases) may affect their activity...
March 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064439/eugenol-specialty-chemical-production-in-transgenic-poplar-populus-tremula-%C3%A3-p-alba-field-trials
#11
Da Lu, Xianghe Yuan, Sung-Jin Kim, Joaquim V Marques, P Pawan Chakravarthy, Syed G A Moinuddin, Randi Luchterhand, Barri Herman, Laurence B Davin, Norman G Lewis
A foundational study assessed effects of biochemical pathway introduction into poplar to produce eugenol, chavicol, p-anol, isoeugenol, and their sequestered storage products, from potentially available substrates, coniferyl and p-coumaryl alcohols. At the onset, it was unknown whether significant carbon flux to monolignols vs other phenylpropanoid (acetate) pathway metabolites would be kinetically favored. Various transgenic poplar lines generated eugenol and chavicol glucosides in ca. 0.45% (~0.35 and ~0...
January 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057689/comparative-inflorescence-development-in-selected-andean-santalales
#12
Vanessa Suaza-Gaviria, Favio González, Natalia Pabón-Mora
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Loranthaceae, Santalaceae, and Viscaceae are the most diversified hemiparasitic families of Santalales in the Andes. Their partial inflorescences (PIs) vary from solitary flowers, or dichasia in most Santalales, to congested floral groups along articles in most Viscaceae. The atypical articled inflorescences in Phoradendreae (Viscaceae), a phylogenetic novelty restricted to this tribe, have been variously described as racemes, spikes, fascicles, or as intercalary inflorescences, but no developmental studies have been performed to compare them with the construction of PIs across Santalales...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011871/cell-death-and-cell-cycle-arrest-of-silene-latifolia-stamens-and-pistils-after-microbotryum-lychnidis-dioicae-infection
#13
Hiroki Kawamoto, Kaori Yamanaka, Ayako Koizumi, Aiko Hirata, Shigeyuki Kawano
Mechanisms of suppression of pistil primordia in male flowers and of stamen primordia in female flowers differ in diclinous plants. In this study, we investigated how cell death and cell cycle arrest are related to flower organ formation in Silene latifolia. Using in situ hybridization and a TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling) assay, we detected both cell cycle arrest and cell death in suppressed stamens of female flowers and suppressed pistils of male flowers in S. latifolia...
December 22, 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007029/arabidopsis-prc1-core-component-atring1-regulates-stem-cell-determining-carpel-development-mainly-through-repression-of-class-i-knox-genes
#14
Donghong Chen, Anne M Molitor, Lin Xu, Wen-Hui Shen
BACKGROUND: Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2)-catalyzed H3K27me3 marks are tightly associated with the WUS-AG negative feedback loop to terminate floral stem cell fate to promote carpel development, but the roles of Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) in this event remain largely uncharacterized. RESULTS: Here we show conspicuous variability in the morphology and number of carpels among individual flowers in the absence of the PRC1 core components AtRING1a and AtRING1b, which contrasts with the wild-type floral meristem consumed by uniform carpel production in Arabidopsis thaliana...
December 22, 2016: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913739/structure-activity-relation-of-amor-sugar-molecule-that-activates-pollen-tubes-for-ovular-guidance
#15
Jiao Jiao, Akane G Mizukami, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Junichiro Yamguchi, Kenichiro Itami, Tetsuya Higashiyawma
Successful fertilization in flowering plants depends on the precise directional growth control of pollen tube through the female pistil tissue toward the female gametophyte contained in the ovule for delivery of nonmotile sperm cells. Cys-rich peptides LUREs secreted from the synergid cells on either side of the egg cell act as ovular attractants of pollen tubes. Competency control by the pistil is crucial for the response of pollen tubes to these ovular attractants. We recently reported that ovular 4-O-methyl-glucuronosyl arabinogalactan (AMOR) induces competency of the pollen tube to respond to ovular attractant LURE peptides in Torenia fournieri...
January 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869146/an-ortholog-of-leafy-in-jatropha-curcas-regulates-flowering-time-and-floral-organ-development
#16
Mingyong Tang, Yan-Bin Tao, Qiantang Fu, Yaling Song, Longjian Niu, Zeng-Fu Xu
Jatropha curcas seeds are an excellent biofuel feedstock, but seed yields of Jatropha are limited by its poor flowering and fruiting ability. Thus, identifying genes controlling flowering is critical for genetic improvement of seed yield. We isolated the JcLFY, a Jatropha ortholog of Arabidopsis thaliana LEAFY (LFY), and identified JcLFY function by overexpressing it in Arabidopsis and Jatropha. JcLFY is expressed in Jatropha inflorescence buds, flower buds, and carpels, with highest expression in the early developmental stage of flower buds...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853595/finding-flowers-in-the-dark-nectar-feeding-bats-integrate-olfaction-and-echolocation-while-foraging-for-nectar
#17
Tania P Gonzalez-Terrazas, Carlos Martel, Paulo Milet-Pinheiro, Manfred Ayasse, Elisabeth K V Kalko, Marco Tschapka
Nectar-feeding bats depend mainly on floral nectar to fulfil their energetic requirements. Chiropterophilous flowers generally present strong floral scents and provide conspicuous acoustic echoes to attract bats. While floral scents are assumed to attract bats over long distances, acoustic properties of flower structures may provide detailed information, thus supporting the localization of a flower at close ranges. So far, to our knowledge, there is no study trying to understand the relative importance as well as the combination of these generally coupled cues for detection (presence) and localization (exact position) of open flowers in nature...
August 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847510/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-two-petunia-pheils
#18
Feng Liu, Li Hu, Yuanping Cai, Hong Lin, Juanxu Liu, Yixun Yu
Ethylene plays an important role in flower senescence of many plants. Arabidopsis ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3 (EIN3) and its homolog EIL1 are the downstream component of ethylene signaling transduction. However, the function of EILs during flower senescence remains unknown. Here, a petunia EIL gene, PhEIL2, was isolated. Phylogenetic tree showed that PhEIL1, whose coding gene is previously isolated, and PhEIL2 are the homologs of Arabidopsis AtEIL3 and AtEIL1, respectively. The expression of both PhEIL1 and PhEIL2 is the highest in corollas and increased during corolla senescence...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798848/control-of-inflorescence-architecture-in-tomato-by-btb-poz-transcriptional-regulators
#19
Cao Xu, Soon Ju Park, Joyce Van Eck, Zachary B Lippman
Plant productivity depends on inflorescences, flower-bearing shoots that originate from the stem cell populations of shoot meristems. Inflorescence architecture determines flower production, which can vary dramatically both between and within species. In tomato plants, formation of multiflowered inflorescences depends on a precisely timed process of meristem maturation mediated by the transcription factor gene TERMINATING FLOWER (TMF), but the underlying mechanism is unknown. We show that TMF protein acts together with homologs of the Arabidopsis BLADE-ON-PETIOLE (BOP) transcriptional cofactors, defined by the conserved BTB (Broad complex, Tramtrack, and Bric-a-brac)/POZ (POX virus and zinc finger) domain...
September 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780845/the-c-terminus-of-pcf11-forms-a-novel-zinc-finger-structure-that-plays-an-essential-role-in-mrna-3-end-processing
#20
Fan Yang, Peter Hsu, Susan D Lee, Wen Yang, Derick Hoskinson, Weihao Xu, Claire Moore, Gabriele Varani
3'-End processing of pre-mRNAs prior to packaging and export to the cytoplasm of the mature transcript is a highly regulated process executed by several tens of protein factors that recognize poorly conserved RNA signals. Among them is Pcf11, a highly conserved, multidomain protein that links transcriptional elongation, 3'-end processing, and transcription termination. Here we report the structure and biochemical function of Pcf11's C-terminal domain, which is conserved from yeast to humans. We identify a novel zinc-finger fold, resembling a trillium flower...
January 2017: RNA
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